Welcome Aboard The
Aviation Boatswain's Mates Association!

Established in 1974 as the professional working organization of the Navy's finest Sailors, Aviation Boatswain's Mates, in order to collectively identify, and develop corrective action to the problems that plague our Sailors, our Equipment, and Naval Aviation Safety.

Since our founding we have been extraordinarily successful in providing numerous improvements in the areas of aircraft launch and recovery, refueling, aircraft handling, and more effective fire fighting procedures.

The Aviation Boatswain's Mates Association continues to have an annual Professional Working Group where old friendships can be renewed, and new friendships formed, but most importantly a place where AB's can gather and have their voices head as they join an excellent forum for problem resolution. The Professional Working Groups "workshops" are professionally oriented and are attended by shipboard fleet and shore based personnel along with system command level technical specialist, in-service engineering agents, and manpower management directors.

Workshop results are then forwarded to the office of the Chief of Naval Operations for review and future correction. No other group enjoys this "avenue to the top brass" as does the AB community.

A message from our National President

AB Warriors Past and Present,

Happy 129th Birthday to all Chief Petty Officers past and present! Your service to our Community and this great nation can never be understated!! Navy Chief! Navy Pride!

Greetings from the beautiful Pacific Northwest! I hope this finds you all doing well and gearing up for the spring/summer weather. The ABMA Board of Directors along with the ABMA San Diego Chapter have been busy preparing to host the 2022 ABMA Professional Working Group at the Handerly Hotel in San Diego, California from 08-12 August 2022. LT Maloney and his team have been extremely busy planning events and fundraising to ensure that each and every one of us will have a great time, while also focusing on supporting the Naval Aviation Enterprise and the ABMA in working to make all that is encompassed in flight operations safe, efficient, effective for every Sailor in our prestigious community. It takes Sailors past and present to make this happen. Your attendance to the 2022 ABMA Professional Working Group will allow for us to continue to grow and mature in these ever-changing times.

You will see that we have attached the 2022 ABMA Message below and I encourage you all to reach out to the LT Maloney and his team if you have any questions. I also highly encourage everyone to call the Handerly Hotel and make your reservations as soon as possible. Fleet engagement from every platform and coast is needed to ensure that we get a global perspective for each one of our agenda items. The ABMA website has the agenda item submission forms and the POC’s are on the message if you have any questions. We have a lot of work to do since we have not been able to conduct this event in-person since 2019. We will need all the help we can get from you to ensure we make it a complete and productive working group.

Finally, we have less than 27 days left until all ABOY and LCDR Regina P. Mills awards are due to the Type Commander’s. I highly encourage all ships and shore stations to take the time to recognize your Sailors and submit them for these extremely competitive and prestigious awards. It should be our goal to make the Type Commander’s decision very difficult and challenging so that we are able to recognize the hard work and effort our AB’s produce on a daily (nightly) basis.

The ABMA Board of Directors and the Senior Leaders of our community greatly appreciate everything that each and every one of you do and have done to make this organization successful.

Stay Safe and Keep Grinding!

Very Respectfully,

CDR Keith W. King
ABMA President

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